Crossing Borders and taking the Leap!

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The other day, February 29 is a Leap Year Day!  Have you known? I asked this because I have a funny trip to Memory Lane unconsciously…Sometimes I really need to check the calendar what date it is, or what is what on a particular day.

Yes, this year we have 366 days as opposed to a common year which has only 365 days.

Were you aware that in our present year 2016, we have an entire extra 24 hours? Oh how I wished I have this extra 24 hours to make up on sleep. For new Mamas out there, I know you can relate to this. Really,I’m telling you, Sleep has never been the same since I had my daughter 🙂 But this post is not about sleep- deprived mothers or calendar tracking. This is about Taking the leap & crossing Borders.

Now there is a long-winded, mathematical explanation why we need Leap years to keep our modern day Gregorian calendar in alignment with the earth’s revolution around the sun.Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in the equivalent of 24 hours period, calendars that have the same number of days in each year  drift over time.

Imagine, if we don’t have an extra day in February every 4 years , then after only 100 years our calendar would be inaccurate by 24 days!

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Border stone between Nederland & Deutschland

I resonate  the nostalgic feeling of a Leap day  when Crossing borders. Crossing Borders meaning that you are physically taking a step into boundaries. It is a whole state of yourself being in two places at a given time. Its the frozen moment that you want to hold as a memory. A leap that you have made. In Metaphysics, the theory of Impenetrability does not coincide in this where in quality of matter whereby two bodies cannot occupy the same space at the same time. When we try to incorporate science in our daily sane lives, it gets a bit complicated so I’ll just stock to my own account of events.

In my experience, I was really thrilled when I did the ” crossing borders”. I find it fascinating. It  takes a courageous heart to do so. There is a sense of haste as you go through the journey. A hype feeling knowing you have the liberty to roam around, without limit, without control.

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The path along the long journey  into taking small steps into  Leaps.

The journey maybe a long-winding road, but it could also be the most worthwhile ride you can have. Personally, I did not focus on the length of the journey, rather, I  linger on the beautiful scenery that we passed along. I let my eyes feast on it. The towering trees and the shadows it casted, the unusual plants & the blooming flowers ,  that distinct character and detail I have seen in the local neighborhood such as the post with a different paint, or a beautiful detail in the roof of the houses ,  I record everything in my mind and created a mental slideshow. The smell of the woods. The footprints in the ground. A memory.

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Signpost : Do not forget where you came from and where you want to go.

Now a border stone, pillar or obelisk can stand as a hurdle in your life that you need to struggle to make a leap. A border fence is somewhat a present day barrier that confines you and make you less free to wander.

Do you ever felt you are trapped?

Do you see your weakness as Border stones that can never be overcome? and making you hesitant to take the step to leap on?

I knew this feeling.I have been there many times. I felt like my life is only moving sideways,and not moving forward. But I took the chance, the risk, and I overcame.

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What struggles have you won  or leaped to ?

In Crossing borders and taking a one step leap , the possibilities are endless. The best thing about what I have learned from this approach is that you won’t be losing any precious times. Crossing borders means going out from your comfort zone, taking chances & risks, and overcoming a struggle. A leap is the first step you do to make these things happen. This two goes hand in hand. Your heart, your mind and your body working in harmony.

Have you tick something in your Bucket List  lately? (something that can be done in 24 hours , or a long weekend)

When was the last time you have enjoyed a long, lazy brunch with your family or close friends ? This is the best and precious gift we can give to those we love. (Bonus : leave your phone silent, inside your purse and don’t make a selfie )

Have you thought about paying a visit to someone you haven’t seen for ages?

Have you tried sending a meaningful snail mail to someone you knew who lived miles away from you?

I wish you all the best in making the first steps to make a Leap, and crossing that Border.

 

 

 

My Sentiments from the Clouds

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Moody Swings : A Dark, Cloudy Vision

“I have learned to detach from my thoughts, said a young woman.I observe them like clouds moving across the sky. Sometimes I reached out and grab at them & remember that they ‘re just passing by and so I let them go. I felt much better for letting my thoughts go because they really drive me mad.”

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How did you wake up today? Was your mind clear and so as your vision?

Or was it cloudy?  Are you familiar with Brain fog?

Whenever we identify with an unpleasant thought or mood, we are not our true selves. These thoughts & moods are not who we are. We need to treat our thoughts like the clouds in the sky…distant… passing…insubstantial.

In Zen , we are endowed with Buddha nature, empty, vast and sky-like, which is always present even when hidden by clouds. This disagrees or doesn’t disagree with early Buddhist teachings about impermanence, depending on who you ask.

Do you also find yourself in the midst of Worries? or even entangled with them?

How sound was your mind lately?

Worries, yeah, I am familiar with them. When I became a mother, I worry even more. Simple things like :  Is my daughter growing well? Am I doing this right? or maybe I am doing the wrong way?  Or what can I make for dinner, or what more can I do for others to read what I write?

These questions made me worrisome. Sometimes I am not mindful that I am in this state. Living in Kuwait, I even worry constantly about the weather, Really!

Can you relate on these? What are your daily thoughts of worries?

Worries and anxieties are like clouds. They are just thoughts that pass through the mind. They are not facts. They are not the truth. They have no reality. They are like a mental game of asking, “What if…”, and nothing more.

TEMPORARY THOUGHTS

Have you look at the clouds that pass through the sky today? Was the sky clear? cloudless? Clouds  are made of vapor, and they change form as they move through the sky. They hide part of the sky or all the sky, and sometimes they hide the sun. However, this is only temporary. Sooner or later they move on, allowing the sun to send its rays down again.I remember that in grade school, we were taught about different types of clouds namely Cirrus, Cumulus, Cirrustratos, Cirrocumulus, Altocumulus, Nimbustratos,Cumulunimbus and so on and so forth. I have keenly observed that formation of clouds is different from location. Here is Kuwait I seldom see Nimbus clouds since it is very rare for rainfall here, literally approx. 2x a year only.

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How to Kill a Thought in a Good Way?

There could be different “cloudy aspects “in our thoughts depending on our mood and thinking. Worries become problems, imaginary problems. When you try to hold on to them, focus on them, and lose sight of the sky and the sun within you, which become temporarily hidden. Then your sight becomes gray, sullen, and stale.

“The sky and sun in this case are your spirit, the real you, your inner strength, and your ability to control your thoughts.”

Worries, which are actually thoughts, are like the clouds. They pass through the mind, hide reason, common sense and our aims and goals, and if you don’t hold to them, they go away, making place for other worries.

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Fluffy, cottonballs of thoughts that turn into cumulus of worries in our minds.

If you keep watering your worries, and don’t let them leave you, sooner or later you might start acting and behaving in such a way, as to make them come true. Why should you?

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Instead of cultivating the unpleasant thoughts, why not let them evaporates so you can see the blue sky and sunshine.
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Hiding from the clouds ; Hope & Mindfulness

Thoughts don’t have to be believed. You can just acknowledge the ridiculous or negative thoughts that pop into your head, chuckle at them, and then release them. This is the essence of mindfulness.

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Radiance of the Sun, melting the clouds

While I was reflecting on this, I decided to lift up my cloudy thoughts,and what a way to share this to others through writing. Expressing my thoughts in words. It felt good. I felt relieved.

My mind was diverted to my background music “Love & Hapiness ” by Al Green

(Wait a minute, let me tell you)
The power of love
The power…
Make you do right
Love’ll make you do wrong

(Love and happiness)

Now that’s a better thought.

I find something naturally  interesting that can draw out my curiosity. So, in the end, it’s not so much about killing our thoughts as it is about investigating them until they lose their power, and they often stop coming on their own. This is the real practice.

Here’s hoping that you feel the warmth of the sun, and feel the greens of the grass..and a not-so cloudy vision.

Do you like this post? Or how does these thoughts made you feel?